An Indo-American Education Summit with the theme ‘Education excellence without boarders for collaborative research’ will be held in Hyderabad from February 2, 2013.
“In the face of a growing demand for post-secondary education and limited capacities, India is keen to bridge the anticipated gap, by improving the quality of its own higher education with the help of reputable foreign universities, while enhancing capacities,” SB Anumolu, managing trustee of The Indus Foundation, said on Wednesday.
India has the world's second-largest post-secondary student population of around 20 million. It is expected that this number will be doubled over the next 12 years.
On the foreign university collaborations in India, Anumolu said a study conducted by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) revealed that 631 foreign education providers were operating in the country in 2010, and this number had increased from 144 in 2000.
“Of these collaborations, the maximum number were from the UK (158), followed by Canada (80) and the US (44). Of these, 440 were functioning from their home campuses, 5 opened their own campuses in India, 60 had programmatic collaboration with local institutions, 49 were operating under twinning arrangements and 77 had arrangements other than twinning or programmatic collaboration,” he added.
The two-day summit, being organised by The Indus Foundation in association with the Andhra Pradesh government and the Federation of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry, is expected to see the participation of universities from 40 countries.
“The objective of the summit is to explore opportunities for collaborations between foreign universities and Indian institutions, apart from guidance of Indian students for higher education in India and abroad,” Anumolu said.